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Bubba Lockheart, Santa Monica College's 6-foot-7, 300-pound heavily-recruited offensive tackle, has signed a letter of intent with Oregon State...

Crossroads won the Delphic League boys basketball championship but didn't go undefeated. The Roadrunners lost a late season game at Brentwood, 59-54...

The St. Monica boys basketball team had a good run in the Camino Real League but lost to league champion Verbum Dei, 81-51...

The St. Monica girls basketball team improved its league record to 8-0 with a 53-50 victory over host Mary Star as guard Taylor Hunt scored 16 points. Forwards Celeste Shelby and Jehanne Lowe had 13 apiece...

The Santa Monica Bobby Sox girls fast pitch softball team is seeking sponsors. To sponsor a team or obtain information call (310) 827-8722. The deadline is Feb. 28.

Bobby Sox softball is a non-profit organization formed in 1963 providing girls between the ages of 5 and 18 the opportunity to learn softball skills and play in organized all-volunteer leagues. Every girl who registers is placed on a team and participates in all her team's games...

The biggest game of the season for the Santa Monica College mens' basketball team will be played at home Wednesday night. The opponent will be undefeated Western State Conference Southern Division leader L.A. Valley. SMC is in second place with one loss...SMC's Brandon Williams was named the division's Player of the Week last week after scoring 41 points in two games...

Na'il Benjamin, who gained 1,300 yards and scored 15 touchdowns in 1991 at St. Monica High, has signed with the L.A. Avengers of the Arena Football League. The team will open its season April 19 at Staples Center. Benjamin transferred to Inglewood High for his senior season, became an all-Pac-10 receiver at California from 1993-'96 and has played professionally in minor leagues since then...

Maze Picks San Diego State; Gary Chooses Georgetown

By Mitch Chortkoff

Terrell Maze, a premier receiver and defensive back on Santa Monica High's CIF Division 10 championship team, has chosen to play college football at San Diego State.

Chris Gary, another wide receiver, wants to become a lawyer and has decided to play lower division college football at Georgetown in order to concentrate on studies.

Maze and Gary join receiver Charles Gordon, who previously opted for Kansas, in making their college choices. At least six other Vikings are expected to choose colleges in the near future.

The Vikings, who won a CIF football championship for the first time in 20 years, focused on their run through the playoffs until the college signing period approached. Then, with the aid of head coach Norm Lacy and assistant Tebb Kusserow, they went through the recruiting process which included campus visits and sending films of their play to various schools.

``I've always liked San Diego and once I made my trip down there I liked the team, the coaches and the facilities,'' said Maze.

New San Diego State head coach Tom Craft has brought in an outstanding recruiting class, which includes four freshman defensive backs and three community college wide receivers. The 5-foot-11, 160-pound Maze, who played both positions at Samohi, was recruited as a defensive back.

San Diego State is beginning a new era in football following Ted Tollner's 10 years as head coach. Following a disappointing season his contract was not renewed.

With the luxury of having three college-bound wide receivers, Samohi Coach Lacy usually had Gordon and Maze in the starting lineup with Gary playing prominently as a reserve.

Gary, the biggest of the three, attracted college recruiters but decided academics would be most prominent in his choice.

Gary, Gordon and Maze joined the Samohi basketball team after the football season ended. After getting into basketball condition they all have played a prominent role for Coach James Hecht's team late in the season.

Gary has been a powerful rebounder, Gordon an able guard and Maze a factor in the pressing defense, where his quickness is an asset.

Gordon and quarterback James Cooper, who has yet to make his decision, are returning starting outfielders on the Vikings' baseball team and both plan to play in the upcoming season.

Other Viking football players expected to play at Division 1 schools or community colleges are tailback Derek Davis, linemen Josh Smith, Chris Price and Dan Solchanyk and linebacker Pete Roses.

Despite the departure of the seniors Lacy is expected to field another strong team next season. The coach had underclassmen playing key roles too. Some of next season's top players figure to be Ricky Johnson, Adrian Gonzalez, Abraham Baudillo, Taj Landis and Paul Helmy.
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